MoviePass, perhaps the best deal running for anyone who still visits their local theater, is about to get more expensive. According to a Business Insider report, the company plans to implement “high demand” pricing for popular movies starting in the next few weeks. In a system that’s reminiscent of Uber’s surge pricing, films that are popular with MoviePass subscribers will be subject to an extra $2 fee. “At certain times for certain films — on opening weekend — there could be an additional charge for films,” CEO Mitch Lowe told Business Insider. It’s not all bad though. The company also… This story continues at The Next Web
MoviePass spent yesterday mocking AMC for introducing its own monthly movie-theater subscription service. It tweeted that AMC’s new service would be “twice the price for 1/4 the theater network and 60% fewer movies” and claimed that AMC is just in it for “more profit.”
AMC has repeatedly disparaged our model as a way to discourage our growth because all along they wanted to launch their own, more expensive plan. We want to make movies more accessible, they want more profit.
— MoviePass (@MoviePass) June 20, 2018
The virtuous trolling of AMC is rubbing some subscribers the wrong way, though, in the wake of reports that MoviePass is adding what CEO Mitch Lowe calls “high-demand” pricing for very popular movies. In a move akin to Uber’s unpopular surge pricing practice—where increased demand leads to higher prices—MoviePass members will soon have to pony up $2 or more to see films the app deems very popular with MoviePass subscribers, according to Business Insider, which spoke with Lowe.
The changes will be in place by August. Members will also be able to add a friend when buying tickets through the app and will have the option, at an added price, to order tickets to IMAX and Real 3D movies. But when you can’t see the latest installment of Jurassic World for free, moviegoers may riot—or they may consider signing up for AMC’s service instead.
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